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Old Tuesday 20th September 2016, 07:54   #1
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Sigma 500mm F4

Sigma have announced a 500mm f4 due for releases Oct/Nov. RRP is $6k so about 2/3rd of Canikon equivalents. Given they seem to have raised their optics game lately, it'll be interesting to see how it performs. Autofocus performance (esp. consistency) and weight (Canon did a very good job last time around) will I think be the challenge.
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Old Thursday 22nd September 2016, 03:47   #2
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I think the last iteration of the 500 4.5 priced itself out of the market. $5k USD for f4.5 is really pushing it. I own that lens, but the pre DG version. I picked it up used last year, so for me the price I paid was well worth the performance. Back to topic, only $1k more for a full f4, plus OS...not bad. I have high hopes for this proper 500. I won't be upgrading because I have way too many financial commitments these days. But I quietly always route for Siggy. Nice to see this is FINALLY here.
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Old Thursday 22nd September 2016, 07:18   #3
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Proper 500mm f4, $6K, 380mm long, 3310grams, hmmmm .....

Close enough weight wise, yet not as expensive as the CaNikons, to be a consideration ??? Wonder if the iq and AF will be comparable ?? .......


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Old Thursday 22nd September 2016, 08:25   #4
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o936Z2bk-P0

Nikon version has the electro magnetic shutter,

Price (6499 ) will be about the same as the previous (pre-FL) Nikon 500/4 VR.
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I've always felt the Canon 500mm was priced well out of my reach and not a justifiable expense. Although this is still expensive it could be in reach and once second hand copies start coming onto the market, who knows.

If the 500 f4.5 is anything to go by, then this one shouldn't be far of the Canon/Nikon equivalents in quality.
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Nikon version has the electro magnetic shutter,
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Aperture, shutters are in mostly found in camera bodies .......

What it will offer, that non of the other big name primes has to offer is the USB-port to fine-tune lens performance to a camera body and shooting scenario, and to update firmware without sending gear in for service.
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Park Cameras have a Nikon-mount copy in stock and for sale. Price is 6000, compared to 8000 for Nikon's own, and 7500 for Canon's.
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Park Cameras have a Nikon-mount copy in stock and for sale. Price is 6000, compared to 8000 for Nikon's own, and 7500 for Canon's.
Priced too close for comfort in making a truly compelling argument as an alternative given the roughly 10% extra weight it carries? ..... I had hoped for keener pricing than that .....


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Priced too close for comfort in making a truly compelling argument as an alternative given the roughly 10% extra weight it carries? ..... I had hoped for keener pricing than that .....


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You could always want a lower price...expected perhaps a bit lower price also
but the price difference mentioned above is not quite valid around here,
I guess exchange rates may be the reason.
Here the sigma is close to being half the price of the nikon 500 FL VR,
(60 vs 110 SEK).

Sigma IQ and quality have been improved compared to 10-15 years ago.
Will be interesting to see reviews.
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The 500/4 Sigma gets a very good review result here:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...orts-Lens.aspx

Don't see much difference from the Canon 500/4 IS USM II, but the Sigma have less CA.
It's only a 21 MP cam of FF though:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...mp=0&APIComp=0

Another positive review, with some samples, bokeh looks good to:

http://natuurfotografie.nl/review-si...-os-hsm-sport/

Another comparison Nikon 500/4 vs Sigma 500/4. Autofocus speed seem to be competitive in the Sigma
and the Nikon-version of the Sigma have a Electromagnetic Diaphragm (which the Canon version does NOT have):

http://www.naturalart.ca/voice/blog.html#500mm_wars_4

A lot of reading there, but the short summary is that he finally decided on the Sigma.

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Have been using the Sigma 500 mm f/4 for a couple of months now along with the Nikon D500 and can't fault the lens in any situation , most of the time used handheld which even at 70 yrs of age is fine . Also occasionally used with the Sigma TC-1401 ( on tripod ) with excellent results and very little difference in focus speed .
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